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The very concept of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo (1982) sounds like something out of a dream. Inspired by a true story, Klaus Kinski plays the title character who is a dreamer schemer in early 20th century Peru. Opera lover Brian Sweeny "Fitzcarraldo" Fitzgerald dreams of building a grand opera house in Iquitos. In order to raise the money to fulfill his dream he acquires the rights to rubber trees in a remote jungle region. He devises a wild plan to enlist the aid of local natives to pull a steamship over a mountain in order to pick up the rubber and transport it back down the river. It's a crazy beautiful surrealistic adventure.
The trailer that I've included here gives an idea of some of the images to be found in this incredible film. There is also a "making of" documentary called Burden of Dreams (1982) that tells the story of the hardships faced in creating Fitzcarraldo. If you watch the film you should see the documentary afterwards. One story is as amazing and dreamlike as the other.
Have you seen Fitzcarraldo? Do you enjoy watching "making of" documentaries about a film you've watched? Do you have problems watching films that are subtitled?